FRESCO KYOTO unveil their ethereal new single ‘YOU SAVE ME’

by the partae

Photo by: Vivid Visual Co

‘You Save Me’ is the commanding new single from young Brisbane five-piece Fresco Kyoto. On this new track, they illustrate how their songwriting has evolved over time, going from strength to strength as they refine their sound and aural personality with comparisons to Rufus Du Sol and Hayden James. It’s the ultimate anti-love song.


“A person has realised that they have entrapped their love in a relationship that is proving to be defined by their own flaws. Through self sacrifice the person determines the way they rise above their ailment is on their own, and that their partner must move on to a better life. This song is an ode to time and the revelations it unveils.” Fresco Kyoto

Their love of lo-fi house and ethereal dark melodies shines brightly in the chorus and overall this new track highlights frontman Robbie Balmer’s vocals – balancing complexity with delicacy and vulnerability with strength.

‘You Save Me’ was produced by the band’s own Toby Alexander and Cody McWaters between Hunting Ground Studios and Airlock Studios (owned by Powderfinger’s Ian Haug), where Cody has assumed the role of head engineer. Outside of his work with Fresco Kyoto, Cody has worked closely on releases for The Chats, King Stingray, Selfish Sons, and Osaka Punch, while Toby contributed string arrangements for Holy Holy’s ARIA nominated record, Hello My Beautiful World.

“What makes music creation fantastic for us is that each member  truly contributes something unique to the process. As a result songs that start out as a simple melody and lyric are allowed to flourish and reach their true potential.” Fresco Kyoto

Single artwork by: Emily Kerr

Gliding effortlessly between shades of electronica, indie-pop and alternative soundscapes Fresco Kyoto are solidifying their position as one of Brisbane’s next big acts to keep a close eye on. They are signed to Sydney indie label Double Drummer (Greta Stanley, Dominic Breen, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird).They were recent winners of ‘Best Live Artist’ and ‘Best Emerging Artist’ presented by Brisbane Council. They have supported Jaguar Jonze, Hope D, Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, Greta Stanley and Custard. Recent singles have caught the attention of triple j, 4ZZZ, Radio Adelaide and they have accumulated over 55K streams across Spotify, Apple, YouTube.  


“These guys reach some soaring heights with this cloudbursting indie pop track.” 

Dave Ruby Howe, triple j

“I feel like I’m watching a champagne cork fly into the sky in slo-mo and when that chorus comes in it returns to top speed in full flight.” 

Declan Byrne, triple j

“Meet Brisbane’s Fresco Kyoto, who are ones to watch with Whatever You Say”


“ A soothing, picturesque piece of indie-rock”

AAA Backstage

Single:  You Save Me is out now via Double Drummer 

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